A Reality Check on the Buddy System

The buddy system is something that is pounded into all basic scuba course students. “Never dive alone,” is the mantra for instructors teaching diving safety. But is the buddy system all it is really cracked up to be? While I support it, I want to say right up front it is way overrated. It is time for a reality check on the buddy system. Your dive buddy is not your own personal rescue diver, nor are you theirs. You are to be a totally self-reliant […]

Guy Harvey Jewelry

Guy Harvey is well known for his artwork and his conservation efforts. His art adorns everything from Fine Wine, T-Shirts, mugs, and license plates to giant wall murals, not to mention his famous framed paintings and tiles. His underwater photography/cinematography images have been published via many media forms including a 13 episode TV series entitled “Portraits from the Deep” and PBS documentaries. Through a lifetime of interaction with nature and the oceans, Dr. Guy Harvey is able to capture a variety of marine wildlife in […]

Two San Diego Lobster Poachers Sentenced to Jail Time

Two individuals recently arrested for lobster poaching in the San Diego area have been sentenced to jail time. The arrests, though unrelated, both involved repeat offenders —one of whom gained international media attention in 2007 for attempting to hide six poached lobsters in his pants. Binh Q. Chau was sentenced to 90 days in jail after a Department of Fish and Game (DFG) warden found him fishing for lobsters with a handline March 18 at the La Jolla Marine Preserve, where it is unlawful to […]

PADI and The Underwater Channel Announce Partnership

PADI and The Underwater Channel, which is powered by Babelgum, have announced a new partnership that will bring scuba diving and ocean conservation video content to a global audience on www.padi.com/scuba/video. Babelgum, an established destination for high quality environmental programming and major independent film releases, powers the Underwater Channel. “The Underwater Channel partnership with PADI provides us with an exceptional ally in our efforts to inspire and fascinate people with the wonders of the world’s oceans,” said Nicholas Claxton, founder and managing director of The […]

Poachers Threaten Monterey’s Endangered Black Abalone

California game wardens recently made two new arrests in a series of black abalone poaching cases in Monterey County. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) arrested Jerry Jones, 37, of Monterey, and Terry Callahan, 47, of Seaside on May 13 after being found in possession of 51 black abalone from Point Lobos State Park. Commercial fishing for black abalone was banned in 1993. According to Fish and Game Code Section 5521.5(b), possession of 12 or more abalone is suitable evidence that the individual in […]

Fishing Licenses Now Available Online

California sport fishing licenses are now available for purchase online, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). “The online purchasing option will make it more convenient for our customers to enjoy California’s diverse recreational fishing opportunities,” said John McCamman, Chief Deputy Director. “Anyone who has access to the Internet and a printer can get a license 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and be on their way to fish minutes after logging on.” All resident and non-resident licenses, both annual and short-term, and […]

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition Requests Submissions

The 10th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition is requesting submissions. The film exhibition is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, September 11 and 12, 2008 at Qualcomm Hall located at 5775 Morehouse Drive in San Diego, California. Accepted works will be screened on a state-of-the-art venue on a giant screen. There is no entry fee to submit a film. Deadline is July 15, 2009. For complete submission guidelines visit the website www.sdufex.com.

Central and Northern California Marine Biology Course

City College of San Francisco will offer a semester course in marine biology for divers and non-divers. The class focuses on the marine life in Northern California with special emphasis on identifying common of plants and animals, learning about their life histories, and understanding the interrelationships between marine life and the environment. Students will also be introduced to methods used in underwater research, data collection and analysis. The class meets every Tuesday evening, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., August 18— December 15, 2009 at City […]

California Enjoys Good Ocean Water Quality

California beachgoers enjoyed near-record good water quality in 2008-09, according to the 19th annual Beach Report Card. Heal the Bay analysts assigned A-to-F letter grades to 502 beaches along the California coast, based on levels of weekly bacterial pollution reported from April 2008 through March 2009. During the high-traffic 2008 summer season, 91 percent of beaches statewide received A or B grades, meaning very good to excellent water quality. That figure marks a slight 2 percent dip from last summer, which earned the best grades […]

Coastal Photo Competition Underway

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Amateur Coastal Photography Competition sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Up to five color photos may be submitted depicting scenery of the California coast, native coastal wildlife, or people using the coast. There is also a new humor category this year. Entry is free and excellent donated prizes include two-night stays at Fairmont hotels and tickets aboard a Hornblower yacht cruise. Postmark deadline is July 15, 2009. For an entry form and […]

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